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Reaction: Brown on Fleetwood defeat

13 January 2018

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Phil Brown remained in defiant mood after watching his side fall to an eighth defeat in nine matches following a 2-1 defeat at home to Fleetwood Town.

Michael Kightly’s late deflected effort couldn’t prevent the Cod Army from picking up three points after goals from Toumani Diagouraga and Paddy Madden.

After the game, the Blues boss gave us his thoughts on the defeat to Uwe Rosler’s side.

On the Fleetwood defeat…

If anything it was going to be a boring 0-0 draw by the looks of it until a couple of moments of madness by senior pros. I expect better, I expect more from my seniors especially when the situations are what they are.

If young kids were making them kind of mistakes, I could understand it but now we’re getting punished by mistakes from senior pros and the fans are entitled to vent their anger.

The more players in that changing room now that realise we’re in a spot of bother the more chance we have of getting out of it. There’s no sense in us thinking we can finish the season strong, get in the play-offs and all of that – I think that’s long gone.

We’ve got to knuckle down, roll our sleeves up and get on with the hard work of trying to win a single game of football. Once we win one, confidence grows back and hopefully, the second one comes along.

On the defensive errors…

At this moment in time, the mistakes that we’re making are too obvious and secondly, they’re basic mistakes and we’re getting punished from teams that are on the front foot.

Teams are coming to Roots Hall now and are smelling blood and rightly so, but at 0-0 at half-time it was comfortable. [With a] new system, I thought we worked the switch of play well in the first-half but didn’t really threaten.

It isn’t surprising [the fans’ reaction] and I’m not blaming the fans by any stretch of the imagination, I’m fully to blame for what’s going on and it’s only ourselves that can get out of it. But I’m relying on my senior pros to get us out of the trouble and not put us further into it.

On his own confidence…

Of course, it always does [knock your confidence]; results are important, wins are important. I’m letting them [the players] down, they’re letting me down, it’s a culmination of what happens in these situations.

Confidence starts ebbing away as opposed to coming back to the party and when we scored a goal we raised a gallop and that’s how fragile the team is at the moment. As I say, it’s only us that can get us out of this trouble.

If we come out with a 0-0 draw in hindsight that wouldn’t have been a bad point because you’ve got something to build on, you’ve got a clean sheet, but we’ve been punished by mistakes that we make and they’re basic errors and we have to eradicate them.

I’ve had a good conversation [with the chairman], I’ve had a good week and 55 minutes into the game I was still enjoying my week. Unfortunately, it was unhinged by a couple of poor mistakes.


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